WINTHROP — Chief Terence Delehanty reports the Winthrop Police Department arrested a Boston man on drug and firearm charges following an extensive drug investigation.
JOSEPH PACI JR., AGE 45 OF BOSTON, was arrested and charged with:
- Trafficking in 10 grams or more of Fentanyl
- Possession of a Class B Substance (Methadone) with Intent to Distribute (Subsequent Offense)
- Possession of a Class D Substance (Marijuana) with Intent to Distribute (Subsequent Offense)
- Possession of a Class C Substance (Steroids)
- Carrying a Dangerous Weapon
- Possession of a Sawed-Off Shotgun
- Felon in Possession of a Firearm
- Firearm Violation with Three Prior Violent/Drug Crimes
- Improper Storage of a Firearm
- Unlawful Possession of Ammunition
- Possession of a Firearm Without a License
On Wednesday, Feb. 24 just before noon, members of the Winthrop Police Department assisted by the Boston Police Narcotics Unit arrested PACI while executing a search warrant at his apartment on Webster Avenue in East Boston. Winthrop Police began their investigation several months ago after they received information that PACI was allegedly selling fentanyl in the Town of Winthrop.
During a subsequent search of his residence, police found several clear plastic bags of suspected fentanyl, glass vials of suspected steroids, pills believed to be methadone, approximately half a pound of suspected marijuana, a 20-gauge sawed-off shotgun, ammunition, approximately $3,900 in cash and other items related to the sale of narcotics.
Police also obtained a search warrant to seize PACI’s gray 2010 Hyundai Sonata, where police found a double-edged knife and sheath.
PACI is currently being held on $25,000 bail and is scheduled to appear in the East Boston District Court on March 23for a probable cause hearing.
These are allegations. All suspects are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.